A Letter From Mr. Griffith

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Real Estate Agent with RE/Max Associates DE#R1-0003085 PA#RS347136

He was a teacher. A sixth grade teacher. Anyone who knows anything about children knows that sixth graders are a day to day transitional mix of tweenage hormones and still-a-child impulses. And yet, that’s the group he aimed for, worked with, laughed with, and by whom he was respected and admired. The first day of sixth grade, my daughter bounded off the bus, every sentence started with “Mr. Griffith” and she was all smiles. I built an immediate image of this man in my head... Youngish, attractive, talkative, so imagine my surprise when I went to the “back to school night” a few weeks later and said hello to a man closing in on retirement, somewhat quiet, and yet with a knowing smile. Though he was her homeroom teacher and thus taught more than his core subject, his true love was math, and he passed that love on to her and the other students. When she had the opportunity, like the other girls, she’d hug him and bring him treats.

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He gave the students an assignment... To write letters to their future selves when they were about to graduate from high school. The end of sixth grade came and went and the children moved on to the next chapters in their lives.

Fast forward to ten years later, and it’s my younger daughter, now a senior in high school. Her friends have been coming to school each day telling a common story. Letters have been arriving in the mail. The students who had Mr. Griffith for a teacher back in sixth grade are all getting letters from themselves. My younger daughter did not have him and there’s a certain level of wistfulness reflected in her voice. It brings back the memory of her sister actually receiving her letter and it underscores something for me: the things we do matter. The things that we know are important to others, when honored and fulfilled, really do matter.

When you look back on earlier days in your relationships, in your family, in your work, what are the things that mattered to you? What things did you want to remember?

And carried into your work, specifically, what was it, back when you started, that fueled your passion for real estate? Other than earning a paycheck, which you can do at any job, what was it about real estate that inspired you, drew you in, carried you through the start-up and the rough initial moments? What lit your passion for this crazy thing we do each and every day?

I think if each of us could have written a letter to our future selves, reminding us about what we value and telling ourselves what we expect of ourselves, what we deserve, and what we hope for, it would have been an amazing insight. How close would we be now to where we dreamt we’d be?

And.... remember... It’s never too late to make a good path for that future self.

Hey, I have an idea.

If you just grab a paper and a pen, I think you know what it is.

 

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Rainmaker
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Monica Hill
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Aly, Thanks. I think he had a very youthful attitude combined with respect to which the kids responded. 

Fred, Thanks. And you're right. They do give us a gift!

Kimo, Thanks. I'm curious to hear how you apply this. Future blog?

Feb 03, 2014 07:39 AM #30
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Travis "the SOLD man" Parker; Associate Broker
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As a former Instructor/Teacher. I can appreciate the Extra Touch that Mr. Griffith had. Really remarkable to shape a young person's life and to have them come back 10 or 20 or more years later and Thank You for it!

Feb 03, 2014 07:43 AM #31
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Marte Cliff
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Mr. Griffith was truly an exceptional teacher. Those students were fortunate to have him.

Feb 03, 2014 08:37 AM #32
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Monica Hill
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Marte, He was. My girls have been blessed with a lot of great teachers. Writing this post has inspired me to reach out to them and let them know that, too.

Feb 03, 2014 08:48 AM #33
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Monica Hill
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Travis, my hat's off to you as a teacher! I don't know if teachers always realize that it's not just the students but their families, as well, who are touched by their talents and passion.

Feb 03, 2014 08:49 AM #34
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Jeanne Dufort
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Terrific idea - and thanks for giving him a shout out.  Many of the best teachers toil in anonymity, secure in the knowledge that they do, indeed, change lives.

Feb 03, 2014 09:29 AM #35
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Cathy Wolters
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I love that idea.  I still have my diary from when I was a preteen.  It is so weird reading it today. 

Feb 03, 2014 09:42 AM #36
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Monica...Thanks for the great story. My daughter graduated from high school in May and also received a letter from herself...from 4th grade.

Because she had a good friend who had the same teacher a year earlier...she knew she was going to get one but it was still exciting...especially for her Mom and I!!

And she said some things that turned out to be almost prophetic and loved the letter!!

I wish all teachers did this!!  Thank you for sharing!

Feb 03, 2014 10:01 AM #37
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Monica Hill
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Jeanne, Thanks. I agree with your thoughts!

Cathy, Thanks. Did the you from back then make any plans for the you of today?

Mike, you're most welcome. I'm glad others have had the same great experience!

Feb 03, 2014 11:28 AM #38
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Jan Green
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What a great blog!  I'd have to compare Mr. Griffith's compasson and love of teaching to my former love of coaching.  Having a last impact on 6th graders is no easy task.  And one that carries forward 10 years is practically unheard of! Great story!

Feb 03, 2014 12:20 PM #39
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Sharon Parisi
United Real Estate Dallas - Dallas, TX
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Monica, what a clever idea for sixth graders and all of us!

Feb 03, 2014 01:13 PM #40
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Monica Hill
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Jan, Thanks. We were really blessed because he was one of a series of amazing teachers that my daughters have had. 

Sharon, I agree!

 

Feb 03, 2014 08:48 PM #41
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Cynthia Larsen
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What a neat story! Too bad your younger daughter couldn't have the same experience.

Feb 04, 2014 01:33 AM #42
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Sharon Sanchez
Ace Home Realty - Carson, CA
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Monica this is a wonderful story.  I enjoy reading things I wrote years ago.  Some things are funny while others are enlightening.

Feb 04, 2014 02:28 AM #43
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Gene Riemenschneider
Home Point Real Estate - Brentwood, CA
Turning Houses into Homes

I did not write a letter to myself.  I think though I try to tell my son the things I wished I knew at his age.  Some of it must sink in.

Feb 04, 2014 03:12 AM #44
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Monica Hill
RE/Max Associates - Wilmington, DE
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Cynthia, I do wish she'd gotten a letter like that but... she ended up with a great teacher who was there for her at important moments. And both my daughters had some other teachers in common who did amazing things for them. Might have to write another blog and continue the praise of teachers!

Sharon, it's fun to look back, for sure!

Gene, we can only hope!

Feb 04, 2014 04:37 AM #45
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Jim Harper
Atlanta Communities Real Estate - Marietta, GA

Thank you Monica!

Feb 04, 2014 10:19 AM #46
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Monica Hill
RE/Max Associates - Wilmington, DE
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Jim, You're most welcome!

Feb 04, 2014 12:16 PM #47
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Nora Sims
Northern Shadows Realty, Inc. - Sedona, AZ
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Lovely reminder, Monica.

Feb 07, 2014 06:20 AM #48
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Monica Hill
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Thanks, Nora!

Feb 08, 2014 12:11 AM #49
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